Friday, 19 August 2011

Summer Pudding?

I've been so disappointed in the weather this summer and have felt like I've been fighting nature making summer desserts; sorbets, cheesecakes, icecream etc.  So last night I decided to give in to my instincts and make a good, oldfashioned, comforting, pudding.

out of the oven...
The pudding in question was a lovely, creamy rice pudding.  This has been at the back of my mind since seeing Simon Hopkinson make one on his latest television series, The Good Cook, a couple of weeks ago, though the recipe I used wasn't this one. 

I can't remember where my recipe came from and I've also had to amend it.  I didn't have enough milk in the fridge or any double cream but it turned out just as I recall from those Sunday afternoons when my boys were younger and they would always vote for creamy rice pudding, baked exceedingly slowly in the oven - lovely memories, lovely pudding...

...and onto our plates
Yummy Rice Pudding
Serves 4-6
4ozs pudding rice (I didn't have any so I used risotto rice)
1.5ozs demerara sugar (or caster sugar)
1 litre whole milk (I used organic soya milk and 0.5oz of skimmed milk powder)
2-3 tbsp double cream (I used creme fraiche)
half a whole nutmeg, finely grated
1oz butter, finely diced

Mix the pudding rice (milk powder, if using) and sugar in a large pie dish or casserole dish.  Pour in the milk and cream (or creme fraiche) and stir together.

Grate the nutmeg over the top of the mixture and dot with the butter.  Place the dish in an oven preheated to 150C.  After 30 minutes remove the dish from the oven and stir well.  Return to the oven and stir again after another 30 minutes.  Return to the oven and leave to bake gently for a further 60 minutes.

You should now have a lovely creamy rice pudding sitting under the milk skin.  Simply serve on its own or as we did with some homemade (slightly underset) plum jam - yummy!


Shaheen said...

There weather has been rather disappointing and i too have foudnmyself make comforting dishes like soup and cakes, but this pudding of yours would have hit the spot earlier this week when it was pouring down.

Joanna @ Zeb Bakes said...

I love rice pudding - we've been eating lots of plum and greengage crumbles lately. I've added you to my links page by the way! Thank you for including me on your blogroll, what a nice surprise!

Susan@Holly Grove said...

Good to hear from you both.

Shaheen, I'm already thinking about warming soups,though yesterday the weather seemes almost like August should be, so maybe I should hold off for a while.

Joanna, thank you for adding me to your links page. Have you tried plum clafoutis as a change from crumbles? I made two or three whilst our plum tree was producing lots of fruit - must add a post!

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